I was proud to be invited to photograph the Minehead Beach Hotel in Somerset for the YMCA, who bought the hotel in 2013. They are fully committed to helping young people in the community to shine, and offer apprenticeships, training and support to develop the talent in their kitchens and other services. Many of the apprentices go on to become full time additions to their staff team. Its a big place, right on the sea front, and right next door to the iconic Steam Railway. The kitchens are run by Paul Ruttledge, and the food they bought out for me to photograph was excellent…. fresh, colourful and tasty… eat your heart out Jamie Oliver in fact 😉
Photography at Minehead Beach Hotel in Somerset
I just read this post on the Guardian and was astounded by some of the figures… If you haven’t already, take a look at the app and have a real good root around… there are some amazing photographers working with it (and a lot of not-so-amazing too!) and it works so intuitively. I have been posting all sorts of stuff, shot on my Iphone 6… flowers, interiors, pubs, views and travel images, and there’s a lot of food, coffee cups and selfies (not from me!) too…. as with all media platforms, you have to sift the wheat from the chaff! you can see my work at @markboltonphoto on Instagram (or click the button at the side of this blog..)
Some of my recent Instagram posts
I have just finished photographing with a kitchen company in Bristol, Beaufort Kitchens. I first worked with a guy called Chris Holland about 15 years ago (in the days of film and polaroids!) and it turned out he’s one of the people behind the company! so it was nice to join up with them again, and see some of their amazing work… sleek and contemporary kitchens that are beautifully made. They never go out of fashion… unlike film photography!
Beaufort Kitchens photography, summer 2015
Just spent a great evening at Christchurch Harbour Hotel in Dorset, out on the terrace, drinking cocktails and picking at canapes…. actually thats not strictly true… it was a bit chilly, there were people wandering about and the napkins were flying around in the wind. Yes, another ‘trickier than I thought’ hotel shoot. Thanks to Gemma and the team at the hotel, we got the right image and it was all worth it!
Christchurch Harbour Hotel, an evening on the terrace
Hotel Photography at Penally Abbey, Wales
‘We’re not hoteliers,’ says Lucas Boissevain, who together with his wife Melanie bought Penally Abbey in Tenby, West Wales in 2014. Well, strictly speaking they are not. You wouldn’t know it though as you watch them buzz around the place dealing with staff, sorting menus, charming their guests. In just eight months, they’ve transformed what was a slightly tired hotel into a gorgeous boutique retreat. It helps that Melanie is an interior designer while Lucas knows all there is to know about business. It helps too that they have one of the most beautiful buildings in the area crammed with Strawberry Hill Gothic features and boasting (to use an estate agent’s favourite word) heart-stopping views to Caldey Island and the Gower. Who needs hoteliers!
The fabulous chefs, Steve Carss and Tom Green (The Flavour Smith) cooked up a storm at Chateau Rigaud this weekend, the sun shone and the wine flowed (thanks to Anna and Abe, who are opening their new restaurant in Bradford on Avon soon… watch this space). A brilliant time was had by all…
Tom Green abd Steve Carrs, deadly duo…
Happy Easter!.. this photograph was taken in the lovely Garfagnana; a hidden gem in Tuscany… not far from Lucca, it’s the wild hill country North of Florence, Lucca, and Pisa… dramatic mountainous scenery, hearty food and amazing views…
Easter in the Garfagnana, Italy
The Magnolias are in full flower… great big weird flowers with an improbable colour and appearance (the flowers are too big for the twigs they sit on, surely?). I love this time of year and these trees always make me want to whizz down the motorway to Cornwall… home of the spring garden. This was is called ‘Diva’ and was shot on my Canon 6D and processed afterwards with a new ‘toy'; a ‘Topaz’ plugin, that works within my Lightroom software… rather nice colour saturation I think?
Magnolia sprengeri ‘Diva’
Just been back to re photograph ‘The Old Stocks’ Hotel in Stow on the Wold, nine months after the first shoot… and what a difference! the new owners have completed an amazing transformation, just in time to welcome guests at last weeks Cheltenham Festival. The new ‘Old Stocks’ is contemporary and sharp, with excellent food (to be photographed this week) and stylish rooms, thanks to Interior Designer Jordan Littler… and thanks also to ‘Alias’, Stow’s marketers-supreme for getting me to do the hotel photography. Again. Out with the old and in with the new Old Stocks !
The new ‘Old Stocks’
The older ‘Old Stocks’
Just got back from a great stay in Marrakech and quickly wanted to upload these I did for my Instagram feed… The light (even though its midwinter!) was amazing. These are all off my Iphone 6, but I also shot for my stock libraries and sniffed out some wonderful Riads. El Fenn and Riad L’Orangeraie were beautiful, calm oases in a mad city and a quick beer at either is a lifesaver… and as for Jardin Majorelle, well that was equally stunning. Please follow me on Instagram, and please take a trip to Marrakech!
The light in Marrakech is a photographers dream!